LAPD Union Supports NYPD Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films

LAPD Union Supports NYPD Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films

The departments are upset the director took a stand against police brutality.

Published October 28, 2015

Quentin Tarantino's views on certain hot topics may be polarizing to some — in this case, the NYPD and LAPD, to be exact. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Police Department's union has announced that it has joined the New York Police union in boycotting all of Tarantino's films after he called cops "murderers" during a recent march.

"Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York," read a statement from the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

| PHOTOS: CASES OF POLICE BRUTALITY |

The union continued to slam the director, calling his comments "inflammatory rhetoric," and even went on to accuse him of making officers "even bigger targets than we already are."

"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said during the Saturday rally. "And if you believe there's murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."

Speaking unapologetically about the subject, the director of the upcoming film Hateful Eight said, "When I see murderers, I do not stand by... I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

Siding with the respective police departments, Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, called the Django: Unchained director a "purveyor of degeneracy" who "has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction.'"

In their statement, the LAPD let it officially be known that they were in full support of the NYPD's boycott: "[Tarantino] made this statement just four days after a New York police officer was gunned down in the line of duty," it read. "Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us."

Take a look back at Quentin Tarantino speaking on being unafraid of backlash in the clip below:

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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